Shlissel Challahs - Why & How?VIEW ARTICLE DETAILS
Tamar: You misquoted the Sefer HaTodah by R’Eliyahu Kitov. He does NOT write that “that there is a “custom to make challah in the form of a key.” He does write that there is a custom to arrange sesame seeds in the shape of a key on top of the challah. It’s wonderful to be creative in the kitchen, but when you title an article “Shlissel Challahs - Why & How” and then post it under “Jewish Learning”, you need to present that custom as accurately as possible. As you yourself wrote “since nearly all of us want blessing for a good parnossa, we usually find a way to push ourselves to get those challahs done, even after all the work of Pesach has just finished!” By presenting “those challahs” as intricate key shaped challahs, you place an unnecessary burden upon the uninformed who would otherwise have been more then happy to simply decorate the top of the challah in the shape of a key (see Taamei Haminhagim siman 597) or to merely pierce the dough of the challah with a key (see Taamei Haminhagim siman 596), as was the custom of my ancestors.